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January 2017 - WEX Photographer of the Year Competition

Welcome back to The Togcast for 2017, we wanted to let you know about a great competition run by our friends at Wex Photographic ( The 'Wex Photographer of the Year' competition is a little different to your normal competition...

Image by Wex Photographer of the Year 2016, Neil Burnell ( - Image Credit

Image by Wex Photographer of the Year 2016, Neil Burnell ( - Image Credit

It runs weekly on Twitter using the hashtag #WexMondays and via the @WexTweets account. Basically every monday you can submit an image made during the previous 7 days. Each week a winner, two runners up and a shortlist is chosen by Wex. Not only does the weekly winner get a £20 Wex gift voucher but they also redeem 100 points, with the 2nd and 3rd place pics also receiving points. Over the course of the year the points are tallied up and eventually a overall winner is crowned based on points gained. The prizes for the top 3 at the end of the year are:

Overall Winner: £1,500 Wex Voucher (ooh, imagine what you could spend that on!)

2nd Place: £500 Wex Voucher (that would help with a new lens!)

3rd Place: £250 Wex Voucher (treat yourself to a new tripod, bag, filter set!)

We love this competition because it encourages a wide variety of entries from different genres and in different styles. It also encourages and rewards consistency over the course of a year. So, why not get involved and take part in #WexMondays on Twitter. You can read more about the competition on the Wex blog, just click here.

*Not on Twitter? Been thinking of joining?? We'd encourage you to do so, there is a great community of like minded photographers on Twitter to share your images with, discuss techniques and location with, and of course you can keep up with all the Togcast news (@TheTogcast) as well! It's really simple to use and sign up, why not sign up here.

Episode #7

December 15th, 2016

XMas 2016 Offers - In Episode 7 (with Baxter Bradford) we mentioned some amazing Christmas deals from on Canon 5D MKIV and Nikon Cameras/Lenses...

Until December 31st 2016, Wex Photographic are offering an extra £200 trade in bonus when upgrading to a Canon 5D MKIV camera. This is on top of their normal generous trade in amount and represents an amazing way to save some £££ and finally take the plunge on the wonderful 5D MKIV. For more details click here.

Nikon users can also save up to £500 on selected Nikon cameras and lenses, for the full information please click here.

Episode #5

November 17th 2016

NEW Olympus E-M1 MKII - Jon Devo took the new Olympus E-M1 MKII out to Spain for a thorough test of its capabilities.

Olympus’s new flagship has some attention-grabbing specs including a new 20.4MP four-thirds Live MOS sensor and a powerful new processor.

The TruePic VIII processor makes it possible for the E-M1 Mark II to record 4K-video and capture full-res stills at up to 60 frames per second using an electronic shutter and single AF.

Find out more on the WEX here. And you can listen to the episode below. The Olympus chat is at the 32.00 minute mark.

Episode #3

October 13th 2016

Gear News - In this episode Sam & Paul chat with Jon Devo from about all the latest news coming out of the Photokina Trade Show. The Photokina show takes place every 2 years and is the meeting place for all the manufacturers and commonly is where all the latest and greatest models are launched to the market.

This year there were some notable arrivals including:

- The new Fuji GFX Medium Format Camera with a sensor 1.7x larger than a standard full frame DSLR.

- The new Panasonic Lumix GH5 featuring a 6K photo mode that captures 18MP stills from video shooting.

- The new Sony Alpha 99 MKII, a full frame DSLR boasting 42.2MP and 4K video

- The new Olympus OMD-E-M1 MKII (that rolls off the tongue) a mirrorless promising shooting speed of 18fps

For all the news check out the chat with Jon Devo towards the end of episode 3, and why not take a look at the WEX blog.

Episode #2

September 29th 2016

Gear Review - In this episode Sam demonstrates and discusses the Lowepro 400AW Flipside Backpack, available from Wex Photographic.

The Lowepro 400AW is a very versatile camera backpack designed to fit 1 or 2 large DSLR's with 3-6 lenses depending on your set-up. Sam has owned this bag and used it for 3+ years so the review is from experience!

Check out Sam's video review below:

Gear Review - In this episode Sam got to play with the new 'Winston' tripod from 3 Legged Thing, available from Wex Photographic.

The 'Winston' is part of their Equinox range and is made from their 'Pure Stealth' carbon fibre. The furnishings are precision milled from aircraft grade magnesium alloy which is long lasting and lightweight.

Check out Sam's video review below:

Episode #1

September 15th 2016